Giovanni Ceccarelli was born in Fabriano, Italy and he lives in Paris.
He begins studying classical piano at the age of seven, then six years later he discovers jazz.
He leads and co-leads numerous projects, which focus on his own compositions and original arrangements of music coming from different traditions: jazz, pop, folklore, European written music, songbooks. He also creates projects which involve other forms of artistic expression: cinema, acting, poetry, painting, dance. In the past recent years he has been working on music written by three contemporary major composers: Ennio Morricone, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Ivan Lins.
Giovanni Ceccarelli’s first album as a leader is “Daydreamin’” (2010); it is recorded in France with Ceccarelli’s own quartet and it is entirely dedicated to original music. French label Bonsaï Music produces the trio album “Météores” (2011), starting a long time collaboration with the pianist. Presenting mostly original music, this album features as guest artists and lyrics composers David Linx and Fausto Mesolella. The album meets the public’s and critics’ success and it is distributed in Japan with a special edition.
As a co-leader, Ceccarelli releases a piano duet with Eddie Wied, “The Street Dancer” (1998). In 2009 the pianist publishes “Feedin’ Inner Urges”, recorded with vocalist Fabrizia Barresi, and “The Nights of the Beuscher”, a double live album with great saxophonist Massimo Urbani. “Waxin’ in Camerino” (2011) marks a fifteen-year long collaboration with the legendary saxophonist Lee Konitz. Together with bassist Ferruccio Spinetti, Ceccarelli founds group InventaRio, which stars Brazilian songwriter Dadi and Italian drummer and percussionist Francesco Petreni. The album “InventaRio” (2010) is produced by Ceccarelli and Spinetti and it features such great artists as Marisa Monte, Ivan Lins, Petra Magoni, and Pacifico. The record is also released in Japan with a special edition, meeting the success of the public and critics internationally. In 2012 the group publishes “InventaRio incontra Ivan Lins”, an album entirely recorded with the great Brazilian artist. It is released by famous label Blue Note and it features some outstanding artists, such as Chico Buarque, Samuele Bersani, Vanessa Da Mata, Fabrizio Bosso, Maria Pia De Vito, Vinicius Cántuaria, and Maria Gadú. In 2013 “InventaRio incontra Ivan Lins” is released in Brazil by prestigious label Biscoito Fino; moreover, Maria Gadú includes her recording with InventaRio and Ivan Lins, “Camaleonte (Camaleão)”, in her CD “Nós”. In 2014 the CD is nominated for the “15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards” in the category “Best MPB Album”. Ceccarelli’s duo with great Italian bandoneónist Daniele di Bonaventura releases “Mare Calmo” in 2015, a CD plus DVD presenting a program of original compositions and arrangements. “Eu Te Amo – The Music of Tom Jobim” (Bonsaï Music, 2019) is a tribute to the great Brazilian composer, featuring great Brazilian artists Ivan Lins and Jaques Morelenbaum, and French young jazz star Camille Bertault. The duo’s two albums are released in Japan by bar buenos aires. Together with saxophonist Marcello Allulli, Giovanni performs live soundtracks to silent movies, giving concerts in many festivals all around the worls. Their album “Canto” is produced by ProMu and focuses on original music. Ceccarelli’s upcoming duo album with longtime fellow musician Ferruccio Spinetti is a homage to great composer Ennio Morricone. Since 2016 Ceccarelli gives Concerts for Syria, which are events for the benefit of association Life4Syria, giving humanitarian relief to the civil population inside of Syria.
Along his carrier Giovanni Ceccarelli performs and records all over the world, playing with many internationally renowned artists, such as vocalists Amii Stewart, Mark Murphy, Nancy King, Chiara Civello, Ada Montellanico, and Tiziana Ghiglioni, saxophonists Benny Golson, Rosario Giuliani, and Charles Davis, trumpeters Kenny Wheeler, Paolo Fresu, and Enrico Rava, actors Arnoldo Foà and Alessandro Haber, great musicians Tony Scott and Manu Katché, successful duo Musica Nuda. His discography amounts to more than fifty records as a leader, co-leader, guest soloist, and sideman. As an arranger and musical director, he records with established jazz, pop, folk, and world music artists and ensembles, among others “Animantiga” by Stéphane Casalta and the late Roberta Alloisio, which is rated as second best world and folk music album in 2019 by Italian magazine Il Giornale della Musica.
Giovanni Ceccarelli has been teaching music for thirty years, giving piano, jazz ensemble, and improvisation workshops, clinics, lectures, and courses all over the world. In 1999 Giovanni gives a lecture at prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, USA. In 2015 he teaches jazz piano and piano for jazz instrumentalists and vocalists at the National Music Conservatory “A. Vivaldi” in Alessandria, Italy.
He was president of “InJazz” Cultural Association from its foundation in 2000 until 2012, and founding member of “Marchinjazz” Cultural Association.
Photo credits: Ulisse Cipriani.